Dear Parents /Carers,
The new school year is here and we are very much looking forward to meeting our new classes and welcoming the children back to school; we hope you had a great summer and are well-rested.
We have a very exciting curriculum in Year 3 this year. This letter outlines the topics that Year 3 will learn about this half term.
This half term, we will be reading some powerful and inspiring new texts. Using Into the Forest by Anthony Browne (Children’s Laureate from 2009-2011) with its twists on traditional fairy tales, children will write their own stories. Fly Eagle Fly! An African Tale retold by Christopher Gregorowski and Niki Daly will then offer children the opportunity to explore themes, including belonging, through narrative and poetry. Following this, children will read the beautifully illustrated graphic novel, Azzi in Between by Sarah Garland, allowing them to reflect on the experiences of refugees in the form of discussion and writing (both in diary and letter form). Children will complete the half-term by exploring and writing their own limericks.
We are really looking forward to learning about numbers within 1000 with Year 3 this half term. The children will learn to compare and order them as well as the value of each digit in a three-digit number. The children will then learn to add and subtract three digit numbers using different methods, including the column method. They will apply this knowledge to word problems. As Year 3 will learn about multiplication and division next half term, please continue to practise multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables with your child this half term.
Science – Why do we need a Skeleton?
We have a very exciting science topic this half term. Year 3 will start off the term learning about diet. They will explore whether animals can make their own food, what we should eat, what nutrients give us a balanced diet and what type of nutrients animals need. The children will then find out what the function of a skeleton is, what parts of the skeleton protect our organs, what the different types of skeletons are, and the function of muscles. They will use different enquiry skills to investigate what makes a good athlete, and whether athletes have certain characteristics.
Geography – Does the UK have good Weather?
This half term, Year 3 will learn about weather in geography. They will learn how we measure weather using a range of equipment to do this themselves, before finding out why we get seasons and what the weather is like the UK. They will then investigate what the weather is like around the world and explore extreme weather. The children will then draw conclusions from what they have learnt to decide if the UK has good or bad weather.
RE – Christianity: The Bible and how its teaching affects Christians
Year 3 will find out about the Bible and why it is important to Christians. They will learn about the images and messages that the Bible gives Christians, some of the stories Jesus told and how the Bible affects people’s lives. As part of this, the children will learn about the significant achievements of Mother Teresa.
PSHCE – Understanding our feelings
This term, the PSCHE theme is ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, roleplay and discussion activities. We will be developing children’s language to describe different feelings, how an emotion may feel in our bodies and how our feelings can link to our actions.
The children will also have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other.
Year 3 will be learning to play the recorder this year and will have their own recorder allocated to them. Children will learn how to hold the instrument and produce a good sound, to read rhythms, to play the sounds and song BAG, to compose using BAG in 4/4 time, notate composition using staff notation and understand simple music notation.
In their art lessons, Year 3 will be drawing ‘large scale and close up’ inspired by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe. They will carefully observe natural forms, exploring value and texture, with a range of materials.
Children will be working on movement and agility activities with a focus on muscular endurance & flexibility to help improve their overall fitness and fundamental movement skills. Children will be set personal challenges to achieve their personal bests over a period of weeks through HIIT training and circuits.
We will also explore other physical activities such as yoga, mindfulness and athletic based skills for running & jumping. Children will work independently, with partners & groups solving problems, communicating and working creatively.
In Year 3, the children will learn animal vocabulary and how to ask about pets in French. They will learn to describe animals using adjectives such as colours. They will learn to copy down a short, simple sentence into French. They will be able to respond to questions when given a spoken model to copy.
Year 3 will learn how to use search engines effectively and safely as their online safety topic for this half term. They will then learn to program a BBC Micro Bit to create a dice.
English (spag.com) and maths (mathletics.com) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by Monday. Mathletics will be set every week, and English will be set every other week. Homework will first be set on the16th September; a letter will be sent home with login details and instructions.
Children will also be given a list of spellings in their Reading Records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class.
Every pupil will be given a new Reading Record. In the Reading Record, the children can record and complete their reading homework as well as using it to record their independent reading both at home and at school. We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and comment on their reading and comprehension skills every other week. We recommend that all children spend 30 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence. We will also write specific notes to parents should the need arise.
Children will need to bring their record to school with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication and to show that your child has practised their spellings and that you have seen the reading homework.
Healthy Eating at Playtime
Children in KS2 can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich. We would encourage the children to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day.
Communication between home and school
It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please can you check that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and up to date.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
We look forward to meeting you all if we haven’t done so already, and to welcoming your children back to school next week!
Sandy Deligiorgi (3D) Ellen Cheetham (3C) Annia Naik (3N)
Sami Burst (3SB) Charlotte Bird (3CB)
Megan Shaw (Assistant Head-teacher for Lower Key Stage 2 and Year 3 Leader)